The New South Wales Government, having apparently succeeded in solving our road congestion, public transport nightmare, hospital shortages and crime spree in south Western Sydney, has decided to turn its attention to the real scourge in our community: hopscotch.
Under new anti-grafiti laws currently before the parliament, temporary chalk hopscotch squares of handball courts drawn on footpaths or bitumen would be illegal without council approval. Without council approval, children will be acing a $440 fine.
While Attorney General Greg Smith has acknowledged that drawing in chalk will be an offence, he has stated that he “considers it unlikely they would charge children for chalking up hopscotch squares” .
Because, apparently, one thing we all know is that if we give a power to petty council bureaucrat, it would never, ever be abused…